Big Ideas to Spark Social Change

Changemaker Challenge 2019 Amplifies the Power and Impact of Local Leaders

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United Way and the Horizon Foundation partnered to award four winners a total of $60,000 at the 2019 Changemaker Challenge event. Selected from 56 applicants, nine finalists presented their big ideas for social innovation in Howard County at a Shark Tank-style contest attended by 250 community members and judges in Laurel.

The four winners include Orlando Goncalves and Alfred Striano for their Upcycled Structures from Recycled Goods big idea($25,000 grant), Liz Burrage, Colette Jackson and Bryan Sorrentino of The Arc of Howard County for their Community Accessibility with Dignity big idea ($15,000 grant), Drs. Leah Katherine Saal and Lisa Schoenbrodt for their STEER—Strategic Training for Empathic Emergency Response big idea ($10,000 grant), and Pamela Woolford for her Spreading the Word about Columbia’s Black Freedom Visionaries big idea ($10,000 grant).

“The Changemaker Challenge aligns so well with our goal of supporting grassroots leaders who want to drive positive change in their communities,” said United Way President and CEO, Franklyn Baker.

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